Ethan Hawke

Actor, Director, Novelist
Even though he exhibited star-making potential in films like "Dead Poets Society" (1989) and "Reality Bites" (1994), actor Ethan Hawke chose instead to be something of a Gen-X Renaissance Man, starring in offbeat ... Read more »
Born: 11/06/1970 in Austin, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (77)

10,000 Saints 2015 (Movie)

Les (Actor)

Anarchy 2015 (Movie)

Iachimo (Actor)

Born to Be Blue 2015 (Movie)

Chet Baker (Actor)

Cymbeline 2015 (Movie)

Iachimo (Actor)

Good Kill 2015 (Movie)

Major Tom Egan (Actor)

In a Valley of Violence 2015 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Predestination 2015 (Movie)

The Barkeep (Actor)

Regression 2015 (Movie)

Bruce Kenner (Actor)

Seymour: An Introduction 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Sinister 2 2015 (Movie)

Ellison Oswalt (Actor)

The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Late Show With David Letterman 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Magnificent Seven (Remake) 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tonight at Noon 2015 (Movie)

Lefty (Actor)

21 Years: Richard Linklater 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Boyhood 2014 (Movie)

Mason Sr. (Actor)

Conan 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Maggie's Plan 2014 (Movie)

John (Actor)

The 68th Annual Tony Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

Before Midnight 2013 (Movie)

Jesse (Actor)

Getaway 2013 (Movie)

Brent Magna (Actor)

The Purge 2013 (Movie)

James Sandin (Actor)

Sinister 2012 (Movie)

Ellison Oswald (Actor)

The Woman in the Fifth 2012 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Moby Dick 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Brooklyn's Finest 2010 (Movie)

Sal (Actor)

Daybreakers 2010 (Movie)

Edward Dalton (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Chelsea on the Rocks 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

New York, I Love You 2009 (Movie)

Writer (Actor)

Staten Island 2009 (Movie)

Sully Halverson (Actor)

What Doesn't Kill You 2008 (Movie)

Paulie McDougan (Actor)

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead 2007 (Movie)

Hank (Actor)

The Hottest State 2007 (Movie)

Vince (Actor)

Fast Food Nation 2006 (Movie)

Pete (Actor)

Assault on Precinct 13 2005 (Movie)

Jake Roenick (Actor)

Lord of War 2005 (Movie)

Jack Valentine (Actor)

Before Sunset 2004 (Movie)

Jesse (Actor)

Taking Lives 2004 (Movie)

James Costa (Actor)

The 58th Annual Tony Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Willie Nelson & Friends: Live and Kickin' 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Freeride With Greta Gaines 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jimmy Show 2002 (Movie)

Ray (Actor)

Tape 2001 (Movie)

Vince (Actor)

Training Day 2001 (Movie)

Jake Hoyt (Actor)

Waking Life 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hamlet 2000 (Movie)

Hamlet (Actor)

The 2000 MTV Movie Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Joe the King 1999 (Movie)

Len Coles (Actor)

Snow Falling on Cedars 1999 (Movie)

Ishmael Chambers (Actor)

Great Expectations 1998 (Movie)

Finnegan Bell (Actor)

The Newton Boys 1998 (Movie)

Jess Newton (Actor)

Gattaca 1997 (Movie)

Jerome (Actor)

Great Expectations 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

At Sundance 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Before Sunrise 1995 (Movie)

Jesse (Actor)

Search and Destroy 1995 (Movie)

Roger (Actor)

Floundering 1994 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

Reality Bites 1994 (Movie)

Troy Dyer (Actor)

Alive 1993 (Movie)

Nando Parrado (Actor)

Rich in Love 1993 (Movie)

Wayne Frobiness (Actor)

A Midnight Clear 1992 (Movie)

Will Knott (Actor)

Waterland 1992 (Movie)

Mathew Price (Actor)

Mystery Date 1991 (Movie)

Tom McHugh (Actor)

White Fang 1991 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Dad 1989 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

Dead Poets Society 1989 (Movie)

Todd Anderson (Actor)

Explorers 1985 (Movie)

Ben Crandall (Actor)
Writer (5)

Before Midnight 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Hottest State 2007 (Movie)

(from novel: "The Hottest State") (Source Material)

The Hottest State 2007 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Before Sunset 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Straight to One 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (4)

Seymour: An Introduction 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hottest State 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Chelsea Walls 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Straight to One 1992 (Movie)

(Director)
Music (3)

Boyhood 2014 (Movie)

("Split The Difference") (Song Performer)

Boyhood 2014 (Movie)

("Split The Difference") (Song)

Reality Bites 1994 (Movie)

("Conjunction Junction" "Marriage" "I'm Nuthin" "Add it Up" "A Froggy Went A Courtin'" traditional) (Song Performer)
Producer (1)

The Numbers Station 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Editor (1)

Straight to One 1992 (Movie)

(Editor)
Other (1)

Hamlet 2000 (Movie)

Pixelvision footage (Archival Footage)

Biography

Even though he exhibited star-making potential in films like "Dead Poets Society" (1989) and "Reality Bites" (1994), actor Ethan Hawke chose instead to be something of a Gen-X Renaissance Man, starring in offbeat movies, publishing modestly-acclaimed novels, directing artsy independent films and even forming his own Manhattan-based theater company. Though he did make occasional forays into pricey studio films like "Gattaca" (1997), "Great Expectations" (1998) and "Training Day" (2001), Hawke was more at home pursuing his artistic ambitions for art's sake, not for large pay days or widespread recognition. Perhaps nowhere was this more apparent than his several collaborations with director Richard Linklater, with whom the actor most notably starred in "Before Sunrise" (1995), "Waking Life" (2001) and "Before Sunset" (2004). Hawke did suffer the fate of most celebrities by landing in the tabloids for his widely publicized divorce with actress Uma Thurman after rumors of infidelity, but he continued to chart his own course on both stage and screen, making Hawke one of the more intriguing and unpredictable actors of his generation.

Relationships

Leslie Carole

Mother
Was a student at the University of Texas when Hawke was born Divorced from Hawke's father five years after her son's birth

Howard Green

Grandfather
Maternal grandfather Served five terms in the Texas Legislature and was a minor league baseball commissioner

James Hawke

Father
Was a student at the University of Texas when Hawke was born Divorced from Hawke's mother five years after his son's birth Worked as a high ranking official at Conseco

Clementine Hawke

Daughter
Born July 19, 2008; mother, Ryan Shawhughes

Matthew Hawke

Half-Brother

Samuel Hawke

Half-Brother

Indiana Hawke

Daughter
Born July 2011; mother, Ryan Shawhughes

Jenny Perzow

Companion
Reportedly involved in the summer of 2003; was rumored to be the reason for his breakup with wife Uma Thurman

Patrick Powers

Step-Brother
Served as a Green Beret in the U.S. Army; traveled through Europe with Hawke the summer after his stepbrother's junior year in high school

Ryan Shawhughes

Wife
Met while she was a nanny for his children with Uma Thurman Made a cameo in "The Hottest State" (2006), written and directed by Hawke Married on June 18, 2008, several months after announcing she was expecting his child

Uma Thurman Actor

Wife
Met while starring together in Gattaca" (1997) Married May 1, 1998; Thurman was seven months pregnant at the time of their wedding Divorced July 20, 2004

Maya Thurman-Hawke

Daughter
Born July 8, 1998; mother, Uma Thurman

Levon Thurman-Hawke

Son
Born Jan. 15, 2002; mother, Uma Thurman

Tennessee Williams Play as Source Material

Cousin
Hawke's great grandfather and Williams' father were brothers

EDUCATION

Carnegie-Mellon University

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania
Dropped out when cast in "Dead Poet's Society" (1989)

New York University

New York , New York
Enrolled periodically, always leaving to film a movie

West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South

Princeton Junction , New Jersey

Packer Collegiate Institute

Brooklyn Heights , New York
An independent, private, college preparatory school; formerly the Brooklyn Female Academy

McCarter Theatre

Princeton , New Jersey
Took acting classes at the professional company, which is located on the campus of Princeton University

British Theatre Association

Studied acting

Hun School of Princeton

Princeton Township , New Jersey 1988
Transferred to and graduated from

Milestones

2013

Featured in the horror hit "The Purge"

2013

Starred in "Before Midnight," his third Linklater/Delpy collaboration

2012

Starred in found-footage thriller "Sinister"

2012

Co-starred with Kristin Scott Thomas in Parisian-set thriller "The Woman in the Fifth"

2010

Cast as Edward Dalton, a vampire researcher in the sci-fi film "Daybreakers"

2010

Re-teamed with Antoine Fuqua for "Brooklyn's Finest"

2008

Acted with Mark Ruffalo in the crime drama "What Doesn't Kill You"

2007

Wrote and directed "The Hottest State," based on his novel of the same name; also co-starred (debuted at the 2006 Venice Film Festival)

2007

Co-starred with Philip Seymour Hoffman in Sidney Lumet's "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead"

2006

Cast as part of an ensemble in Linklater's "Fast Food Nation"

2006

Cast in "The Coast of Utopia," playing Mikhail Bakunin; received a Tony Award nomination

2005

Portrayed an Interpol agent, chasing an arms dealer (Nicolas Cage) in Andrew Niccol's "Lord of War"

2004

Reunited with director Richard Linklater and Julie Delpy for "Before Sunset" once again portraying Jesse (Hawke) and Celine (Delpy) who are reunited nine years after they first met; also co-wrote screenplay; received an Independent Spirit Award nomination

2003

Guest starred on the ABC series "Alias" as a captured CIA agent whose allegiances may have shifted

2002

Re-teamed with Whaley in "The Jimmy Show"; written and directed by Whaley

2001

Again collaborated with Linklater on the digitally-shot "Tape," co-starring Robert Sean Leonard and Uma Thurman

2001

Feature directorial debut, "Chelsea Walls," based the film on Dylan Thomas' 1954 radio drama "Under Milkwood"; co-starred wife Uma Thurman and friends Leonard, Whaley, and Zahn

2001

Cast as a rookie cop teamed with an amoral partner (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor

2001

Returned to the NYC stage as one of the stars of the Manhattan premiere of Sam Shepard's play "The Late Henry Moss"

2000

Starred as Michael Almereyda's slacker "Hamlet"; Zahn played Rosencrantz

1999

Cast in small role as a concerned guidance counselor in Frank Whaley's feature directorial debut "Joe the King"

1999

Acted in Williamstown Theatre Festival staging of Tennessee Williams' "Camino Real"

1999

Played Ishmail, the one-armed journalist in love with a Japanese woman in "Snow Falling on Cedars"; adapted from David Guterson's 1994 novel about a doomed interracial romance

1998

Portrayed the Pip-like Finn in the contemporary remake of Dickens' "Great Expectations"

1998

Appeared as Jess Newton, the charming drunken brother in Linklater's "The Newton Boys"

1997

Starred in the sci-fi thriller "Gattaca," written and directed by Andrew Niccol; co-starred with future wife Uma Thurman

1996

Published first novel The Hottest State

1995

Acted opposite Julie Delpy in Richard Linklater's romantic cult classic "Before Sunrise"

1995

Acted in the Steppenwolf Theater Company production of Sam Shepard's "Buried Child" in Chicago; project reunited him with Sinise who directed

1994

Co-starred in Ben Stiller's feature directorial debut "Reality Bites"; also helmed Lisa Loeb's music video "Stay," a featured single from the soundtrack; Steve Zahn also acted in film

1994

Theatrical directorial debut, "Wild Dogs!"; officially opened the first full season of Malaparte

1993

Wrote, directed and edited the short film "Straight to One"

1993

Acted in Jonathan Marc Sherman's "Sophistry" at NYC's Playwrights Horizon

1992

Broadway debut, National Actors Theater production of Chekhov's "The Seagull"

1992

Played a reluctant platoon leader in "A Midnight Clear"; also featured Steppenwolf's co-founder Gary Sinise and friend Frank Whaley; second film based on a Wharton novel

1991

Off-Broadway debut, New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Casanova"

1991

Visited the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago during a cross-country drive with playwright-actor Jonathan Marc Sherman and actor Josh Hamilton; inspired to start a theater group

1991

Co-founded Malaparte, a nonprofit theater group; served as artistic director; "Dead Poets Society" co-star Robin Williams was among the notables providing funding; company included Robert Sean Leonard, Frank Whaley, Steve Zahn and Hamilton; eventually dis

1989

Played Ted Danson's son and Jack Lemmon's grandson in "Dad," a film based on a William Wharton novel

1989

Returned to features with a well-received supporting role as the baby-faced Todd in Peter Weir's "Dead Poets Society"

1985

Feature acting debut, Joe Dante's "Explorers"

Started a reading series in NYC with Sherman and Hamilton

Acted in a junior high school production of "Meet Me in St. Louis"

Professional stage debut, "St. Joan" at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ

Bonus Trivia

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Hawke co-founded NYC-based non-profit theater company Malaparte in 1991. "Malaparte" referred to a type of unbound book that can be read in any order. Choosing this name for their non-profit theater company reflected the group's desire to avoid formulas.

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